Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Heading into the final week of the regular season, Farmington is still trying to consistently put together complete games. The Tiger pitching staff allowed 21 runs and the defense committed six errors in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of 17th-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing last Thursday, then the offense struggled to come up with timely hits in a 5-4 setback Monday at Lakeville South.
The team's win total didn't go up, but there was no doubt in coach Dan Pickens' mind that his Farmington girls lacrosse team was vastly improved in its second year as a varsity sport. "The girls improved so much this year. Bloomington Jefferson is a good team and we gave them a scare for awhile," Pickens said after Monday's season-ending 20-8 section tournament loss in Bloomington. "We lost 19-2 in the section game against them last season and I think they were expecting the same game....
Team scores aren't kept at the Pat Foley Classic. Nevertheless, the meet has plenty of value to the Farmington boys and girls track programs.
The Farmington softball team extended its streak of .500 or better regular seasons by shutting out Red Wing 3-0 on its Senior Night Thursday. The Tigers (10-10) closed out the regular season with an 8-5 loss in a make-up game Friday at Lakeville North, then earned another home game by being named No. 4 in the Section 1AAA Tournament. Farmington will open section play Wednesday afternoon against No. 5 Northfield, a team they split with during Missota Conference play.
Farmington managed to avoid slow starts in its final two games of the regular season.
Senior Terra Klima shot a round of 101 to lead Farmington to seventh place at the team's latest Missota Conference meet Monday at Dahlgreen Golf Course. The Tigers shot a 441 team score to finish ahead of Holy Angels six days after finishing eighth behind the Stars at Stonebrooke Golf Club. Bri Swenson served as Farmington's No. 2 golfer Monday, shooting a round of 111.
Farmington boys track coach Brian Helmstetter's goal was a fourth-place finish at last Tuesday's Missota Conference Relay Meet in Shakopee. The young Tigers finished fifth, but still managed to accumulate 128 points and finish seven points out of third place despite sprint standout Tyler Grubb and premier high jumper Sam Hanson missing events due to injuries.
Although victories have been difficult to come by, Farmington girls lacrosse coach Dan Pickens has been mostly pleased with his team's effort this season. Pickens got two more competitive showings from his squad last week, but the Tigers still slipped to 1-6 after home losses to Owatonna (13-6) and Chaska/Chanhassen (9-8) at Tiger Stadium. Thursday's one-goal loss to Chaska/Chanhassen ended in controversy when Haley Bradshaw's game-tying goal was waived off after a foul call with under 10 seconds remaining.
Tommy May finished among the leaders at a pair of golf meets last week. The Farmington junior shot nine-hole scores of 37 and 38 for a total score of 75 at Saturday's Dakota County Invitational at Emerald Greens Golf Course. He continued his consistent play with a 38 and a 39 for a total score of 77 at the Shakopee Invite Monday afternoon. The Tigers shot a team score of 332 to place 14th out of 17 at Shakopee.
Farmington's offense was ready for a breakout game by the end of Saturday's Lakeville North Invitational. The Tigers opened the tournament with an 8-0 loss to host North and an 11-1 setback to Prior Lake before scoring a season-high 10 runs in an 10-1 win over New Prague at Aronson Park. "We did not start out the tournament playing very well. We had a combined nine errors in the first two games. We were also playing some very good teams," Farmington coach Rob Laden said.